PSYCHOTHERAPY

What is Psychotherapy? Psychotherapy can be considered an alternative healing therapy that involves learning to increase self awareness in order to realize maximum human potential, thereby helping us to live more authentically with improved relationships, professional and financial successes, balance and grace. Psychotherapy is a general term describing many specific types of therapy such as talk therapy, narrative therapy, psycho-social therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, interpersonal therapy and counseling. Psychotherapy treatments are commonly used for psychological problems on an individual basis, with couples, families and groups. Forms of communication used in psychotherapy healing can include writing, artwork, music and dramatic theater. A psychotherapy practitioner may be a psychologist, marriage and family therapist, occupational therapist, counselor, psychiatric nurse, licensed clinical social worker or psychiatrist.   What we refer to as psychotherapy medicine has been practiced as far back as ancient Greece.  It is thought that the first recorded use of psychotherapy was performed by Dr. Josef Breuer.  Dr. Breuer would go on to be a close friend, teacher and collaborator with Sigmund Freud.  Dr. Breuer observed a woman who suffered from paralysis felt better after she ‘talked’ to him about her symptoms.  It is thought Sigmund Freud employed this ‘talking cure’ form of treatment and later created what we refer to as ‘psychoanalysis’ in Vienna, Austria in 1881.  A trained neurologist, he began working with patients who were classified as hysterical.  He continued practicing psychoanalysis into the 1930’s.   His psychotherapy treatment work was later built on by Karl Jung, Anna Freud and Otto Frank among others.  In the 1940’s, pioneer Carl Rogers brought forth a humanistic approach which rose to prominence by the 1950’s.  Psychoanalysis, humanism and Ivan Pavlov’s work in behaviorism laid the cornerstones for teaching psychology in the United States today.   Psychotherapy is an alternative healing therapy that is a constantly growing. Today there are over 450,000 licensed psychotherapists in the United States.  General research shows that the average length of psychotherapy treatment is between 6 and 10 sessions.  It has been reported that Americans spend about $55 billion on psychotherapy annually.     All Things Healing promotes psychotherapy, an alternative healing therapy, with psychotherapy information presented in articles and video form.  For more and updated information, visit us online regularly!  

Introduction to Psychotherapy
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(Asst. Editor: Deborah Duenckel Allen, LCSW, DCSW) Nancy’s enduring interest and practice in psychotherapeutic healing arts stems from her own, very human life experiences of wou...
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Nancy Burnett, PhD
Tiffany has a doctorate in neurolinguistics. She is a certified dream analyst, and a certified hypnotherapist and registered member recognized by American Board of Hypnotherapy and P...
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Tiffany Ip, PhD

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Editor's Note: Dr. Fredric Luskin, director of the Stanford Forgiveness Projects, (a project investigating the effectiveness of forgiveness methods), urges us to engage fully in the practice of gratitude which then opens the way to forgiveness and happiness.

 

Psychotherapy


by Steven Handel

One of the oldest myths in psychology is that our minds are separate from our bodies. Today, however, there is an overwhelming amount of research that shows how our mental health is directly influenced by our brains and biology...

 

Editor´s Note from Debbie Allen: Neuropsychology research is showing that there is a correlation between how we care for our physical bodies and emotional well being. Integrative Medicine is a field that appreciates a more holistic approach to health care. Read more about the research behind this.

 

Psychotherapy


by Russell Collins, PsyD

To work effectively with couples, you have to have a theory. By theory, I mean a model of how people think, feel and, most importantly, interact. The point of any psychotherapy model is to illuminate the wheels and pulleys that keep the destructive interactions cycling around and around, and to identify the true levers of change...

 


by Beverly Schydlowsky, PhD., LCSW

I wake up in the morning and my back hurts.  I have a headache, foot aches, tooth pains, and my vision is blurry. Now, all I have to do is figure out what specialist to see. I know I must have a body problem, and that the doctor can fix it...

 

Editor’s Note: This article illustrates  the changes we experience in the aging process and how we can learn to pay attention to the close relationship between our bodies and our emotions as a way of taking care of both. ~Elizabeth

 

Psychotherapy


by Deb Elkin, LPC

When adversity and unpleasant experiences present themselves in our lives, there are usually lessons to be learned from them. Paying attention to them is often what is called for before we can let go and move on. Usually what is called for first is that we experience our feelings about what has happened...


by Tiffany Ip, PhD
ATH Co-Editor of Psychotherapy

Heartbreak – a common experience in life – happens over and over again for some people and perhaps once in a lifetime for others. We find ourselves in the throes of heartbreak when we lose someone dear (actual loss), or when we feel that someone or something important to us is about to be gone (a sense of loss)...

 

Editor's Note from Tiffany Ip: Ask yourself - "If you could take a pill that assured that you could fall in love, fall out of love, or stay in love on command, would you take it?" We know too well that love often hurts. We learn to build walls around our hearts to keep out pain and protect ourselves. A pill that can avoid all possible relationship heartaches and whisk away painful wounds sounds like a dream come true. This article, however, tells us why we should embrace the experience of heartbreak even when we get hit hard with the painful realities of life.

 

Psychotherapy


by Jessica Minahan, M Ed, BCBA

The Anxiety Disorders Association of America reports one in eight children suffer from anxiety disorders. Without intervention, they're at risk for poor performance, diminished learning and social/behavior problems in school. Because anxiety disorders show up differently in children, parents and teachers can't always identify them until the child hits the breaking point...

 

Editor's Note: When a child acts out, people don't usually consider anxiety as the cause. This article will help you identify common symptoms of anxiety from school-aged children.

 

Psychotherapy


by Ryan Rivera

The natural vs. pharmaceutical treatment argument is not a new one. Many people believe that herbal and homeopathic remedies are safer and more effective than manmade chemicals. Others believe that scientific research should be more highly valued, and there is undeniably more research on pharmaceutical remedies than natural medicine, simply due to funding dollars alone...

 

Editor Note from Sherri Carter: Ryan Rivera, expert and author, offers alternatives for panic attacks, which treat the underlying cause rather than symptoms alone.

 

Psychotherapy


by Steven Handel

Honesty is a huge part of self improvement and overcoming delusional thinking.


If we aren’t honest with ourselves then we can’t expect to learn and grow as individuals, because we aren’t willing to recognize reality for what it is...

 

Editor´s Note from Debbie Allen: Sometimes it takes a little bit of humility to remain honest with oneself and to keep learning and growing from the experiences that life offers. Here is a bit of wisdom to help you along the path.

 

Psychotherapy


by Doris Jeanette

“Does the color of the clothes I wear effect other people,”asked Peter, a visitor to drjeanette.com. This interesting question brings up the physical nature of colors, emotions, and energy. Colors and emotions are both composed of physical vibrations. The energy of these vibrations constantly effect and affect you even if you don't know it or acknowledge it. Colors have certain wavelengths, which you can feel and experience. Emotions have certain wavelengths, which you can also feel and directly experience.

 

Editors Note: Dr. Jeanette’s article made me curious about the physics of color and physiology of emotions. I’m including a segment below that I found on wikipedia.com which describes this in more detail. See below the article to read "The Conceptualization of Affect".

 

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Editor's Note from Debbie Allen: How can we re-tune our ears for conscious listening? In this short video, sound expert Julian Treasure offers 5 exercises that we can use to improve our capacity for listening in a full and engaged way. He also explains why this is so important for our relationships and our world. "Every human being needs to listen consciously to live fully."
 

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Editor's Note from Eden Kozlowski,  An interesting 11 minutes about the "longevity revolution" and defining a new metaphor for aging.

 

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When You Hear Your Partner, Are You Listening?

by David McCann, Ph.D. & Janis McCann, Ph.D.

The art of listening is the heart of communication. We believe that if we do not come together and listen to one another, we cannot have a healthy culture. But if we do sit down and listen to one another, we can remake the world—one relationship at a time.

 

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